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Manhattan Construction Company receives OSC 2020 Pinnacle Award

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
Photo of Trista Shomo, Sr. Safety Manager at Manhattan Construction Company, Betsey Kulakowski, Executive Director at Oklahoma Safety Council, David Evans, Sr. Safety Manager at Manhattan Construction Company

Pictured left to right: Trista Shomo, Sr. Safety Manager at Manhattan Construction Company, Betsey Kulakowski, Executive Director at Oklahoma Safety Council, David Evans, Sr. Safety Manager at Manhattan Construction Company

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Safety Council (OSC) has announced Oklahoma-based Manhattan Construction Company as its 2020 Pinnacle Safety Award winner. 

“The distinguished Pinnacle Safety Award recognizes an Oklahoma Safety Council Member company that displays the highest levels of excellence and quality in their industry,” said Betsey Kulakowski, executive director of the OSC. “Manhattan Construction is committed to safety and fostering a safety culture, which has resulted in above-and-beyond safety and health performance.” 

Manhattan Construction provides preconstruction, construction management, program management, general building, and design-build services, and has been shaping Oklahoma’s landscape since 1896. The company is well-known for their work on projects such as the Oklahoma State Capitol Interior Restoration and First Americans Museum in Oklahoma City, the BOK Center and Ascension St. John Health System in Tulsa, and a wide range of projects for Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma and numerous healthcare systems.

“We are grateful to the Oklahoma Safety Council for recognizing our safety program with its top honor. Our Manhattan family of builders is committed to the well-being and health of our team members and trade partners. We are dedicated to ensuring our job sites are the safest in the industry,” says John Reyhan, president of Manhattan Construction Company. 

As a member of the Oklahoma Safety Council for 14 years, Manhattan Construction is a proven industry leader in safety with new and innovative safety initiatives, said Kulakowski.

In 2020, Manhattan Construction launched training companywide for a crisis management app called “Smart Safety.” This smartphone-based notification system uses geo-fencing to issue emergency alerts and situation-specific instructions to workers on a job site. Manhattan’s safety team also developed its “Safe 8” Jobsite Hazard Analysis Tool, which guides team members through tasks before they start work to identify potential hazards and how to avoid them. 

Manhattan Construction was also swift in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Leadership in the organization immediately formed an action team to start addressing every aspect of potential impact on their employees and business. The team launched an internal communication portal, including self-care resources, employee assistance program (EAP) benefits, and mitigation and sanitation plans for job sites and offices. 

Oklahoma Safety Council presented Manhattan Construction Company the Pinnacle Safety Award in a small ceremony on November 3rd, 2020. 

Manhattan Construction Company Earns National Safety Award from Associated Builders and Contractors

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

National Safety Excellence AwardTULSA, OKLAHOMA — Tulsa-based Manhattan Construction Company today announced it’s received a National Safety Excellence Award from Associated Builders and Contractors, which will be presented at the 30th annual Excellence in Construction® Award during ABC Convention 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 18.

“Safety is woven into every aspect of our business, and everyone on a project plays a part in ensuring the health and well-being of workers on a job site,” said John Reyhan, Manhattan Construction Company president. “For this reason, we dedicate this national safety honor to our Manhattan family of builders, trade partners, and clients, who have whole-heartedly supported our safety program and philosophy.”

The 2019 National Safety Excellence Award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC’s STEP Safety Management System in 2019. Manhattan Construction Co. is a nine-time STEP Diamond Safety Award Winner.

During the selection process, contractors were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable incident rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations, and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Safety and Health Committee. 

“Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to recognize Manhattan Construction Company for consistently raising the standards of safety in the construction industry,” said 2020 ABC National Chair Tim Keating, owner and president of R.C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida. “Their dedication to world-class safety performance and commitment to total human health is the gold standard of the merit shop construction industry.”

The National Safety Excellence Awards are presented in three major North American Industry Classification System code categories: NAICS 236 – Construction of Buildings; NAICS 237 – Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction; and NAICS 238 – Specialty Trade Contractors.  

STEP, the standard for developing world-class safety management systems in construction, is designed to help both large and small contractors evaluate every aspect of their corporate safety and health programs and identify opportunities for improvement. According to ABC’s annual Safety Performance Report, the average STEP Diamond company is more than eight times safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ average for the entire industry based on their total recordable incident rate.

CNA is the presenting sponsor of the National Safety Excellence Awards.

See a complete list of winners on ABC’s website.

Trista Shomo named Oklahoma Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – We are pleased to announce that Manhattan Construction Company Senior Safety Manager Trista Shomo has been recognized among Oklahoma Magazine’s 2020 Class of 40 Under 40.

Shomo, along with 39 others, were awarded for being influential young leaders that exemplify the best of what Oklahoma has to offer. Through a graceful balancing act of hard work, pioneering and volunteerism, these individual set precedents for aspiring leaders around the state.

Shomo is currently working on the Oklahoma State Capitol project. In 2019, she served as a judge for the Engineering News-Record Texas & Louisiana Best Projects competition’s safety category. She graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in occupational safety and health in 2008.

“The individuals were chosen for their willingness to go the extra mile. Trista is no exception. Her passion for safety is second to none and we are proud to have her on our team,” said Craig Abbott, Manhattan Construction Company vice president.

Link to the stories of the 2020 Class of 40 Under 40 from Oklahoma Magazine:

ABC of Oklahoma presents Manhattan Construction Group with 2019 national safety honors and seven “Excellence In Construction” awards

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

TULSA, OKLAHOMA – Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Oklahoma has honored Manhattan Construction Group companies with seven 2019 Excellence in Construction Awards and national safety honors. The awards were presented to Manhattan Construction Company and Cantera Concrete Company at the ABC Oklahoma Excellence in Construction Awards Banquet on Thursday, October 24, 2019, in the Osage Casino Hotel Skyline Event Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Manhattan Construction Company received the ABC STEP Diamond Safety Award – the highest honor in the ABC Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards program. According to the ABC 2019 Safety Performance Report, STEP Diamond Achievers are 680% safer than the industry average. This is the ninth consecutive year that Manhattan Construction Co. has earned this honor.

Manhattan Construction Company won 2019 ABC Oklahoma “Excellence in Construction” awards for construction of the following projects:

SEVEN6MAIN in Owasso, Oklahoma, in the “Commercial $10 – $25 million” category.

Image Credit: Wei-Haas Creative

Built by Manhattan Construction Company and designed by Selser Schaefer Architects, this project includes a 41,000-square-foot commercial and residential project in Owasso’s downtown Rosebud District. The three-story, brick facade complex also features restaurant SMOKE and a new diner MAD EATS, retail space, office space for tenant build-out and ten luxury apartments, each with a detached garage.

St. John Sterile Processing and Materials Management Renovation in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the “Healthcare $2 – $5 million” category.

Image Credit: Manhattan Construction Company

Built by Manhattan Construction Company and designed by HKS, Inc., this project includes a three-phase renovation of the Ground Level of the Chapman Tower at St. John Medical Center. The renovations included a 5,900-square-foot temporary processing area and a 15,200-square-foot renovation of the existing Sterile Processing and Material Management area.  The team worked closely with the Surgical Services department to avoid any disruption to this critical service line.

BOK Center Improvements in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the “Renovation $2 – $10 million” category.

Image Credit: Yellow Dog Design Works

Manhattan Construction Company in a joint venture with Flintco, known as Tulsa Vision Builders, served as construction manager, and GH2 was the architect for this project. It included two-phased interior renovation of the ONEOK Club space. Phase I consists of two luxury suites on both the east and west side of the ONEOK Club. The four suites combined are 1,800 square feet. Phase II includes the 4,000-square-foot interior remodel of the existing ONEOK Club, including the bar, seating area, buffet, storage, and restrooms.

Arvest Bank Parking Garage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the “Commercial $2 – $5 million” category.

Image Credit: Wei-Haas Creative

Built by Manhattan Construction Company and designed by Davies Architects, this project includes a new four-story, 178-space precast parking garage located in downtown Tulsa. In addition to finished precast surfaces, the garage also features storefront glass, metal panel trellis, and extensive lighting. Two sky bridges connect the garage to Arvest’s current office building on the second and fourth levels.

McBride Orthopedic Hospital – Ambulatory Surgery Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in the “Healthcare $15 to $25 million” category.

Image Credit: Jay Kennedy with Kennedy Creative

Built by Manhattan Construction and designed by REES, the new McBride Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) is a 35,675-square-foot, single-story building comprised of six operating rooms, recovery/prep rooms, business offices and mechanical and electrical support areas.

Cantera Concrete Company received the ABC STEP Gold Level Safety Award and won the 2019 ABC Oklahoma “Excellence in Construction” award for the following projects:

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife project in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in the “Other Specialty Construction Under $1 million” category.

Image Credit: Eric Baker Photography

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife project is connected to an existing cast-in-place structure. The new buildings added 38,000 square feet of space, and used 8,200 square feet of stamped concrete with dry-shake stain to complement the wildlife theme.  

Southern Hills Country Club Facility Master Plan in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the “Other Specialty Construction Over $1 million” category.

Image Credit: Cantera Concrete Company

The Southern Hills Country Club Facility Master Plan project includes modernization of structures at the historic Southern Hills Country Club. Renovations were made to the men’s locker room, refurbishing of the main entrance paving. Work also included the addition of a new guardhouse, a new 5,000-square-foot golf performance center, and a 15,000-square-foot underground cart and bag storage facility with entrance gazebo and integral color concrete paving constructed above.

About Manhattan Construction Group

Manhattan Construction Group, a top-nationally ranked construction services firm, has operations in the building, civil, pipeline, and specialty construction segments. The company provides preconstruction, construction management, program management, general building, and design-build services throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Its operations include Manhattan Construction Company, Manhattan Road & Bridge Company, Manhattan Pipeline, LLC, Manhattan International Construction Company, Ltd, Cantera Concrete Company, Spectrum Contracting, Inc., and Safezone, LLC. More at:  

U.S. Department of Labor and Manhattan Construction Company Sign Partnership To Enhance Safety and Health at Globe Life Field

Friday, August 24th, 2018
U.S. Department of Labor and Manhattan Construction Company Sign Partnership To Enhance Safety and Health at Globe Life Field
Caption: Eric Harbin, OSHA Acting Regional Administrator, and Josh Flesher,
OSHA Assistant Regional Director, and Manhattan Construction Company’s
Globe Life Field project team on OSHA partnership signing day, July 26, 2018.

ARLINGTON, TX – On Thursday, July 26, Manhattan Construction Company, along with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), signed a partnership to help protect approximately 1,000 workers during construction of Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The 1.7 million-square-foot project will be the new home of the Texas Rangers, Major League Baseball organization.

The unique partnership will focus on reducing and preventing exposure to hazards in the construction industry, as well as promote open lines of communication between contractors and subcontractors to improve safety and health management systems and to provide for a comprehensive mentorship and training program that would benefit all contractors working on the job site. Through its Strategic Partnership Program, OSHA works with employers, employees, professional and trade associations, labor organizations, and other interested stakeholders to establish specific goals, strategies, and performance measures to improve worker safety and health.

“Putting proactive safety measures in place is crucial for highly-successful safety programs and achieving zero incidents,” said Manhattan Construction Company Vice President of Operations Jim Cuddihee. “Our partnership with OSHA will help us achieve that goal by providing advanced evaluation and hazard prevention reviews to ensure the health and well-being of every worker on our site.”

Tulsa-based Manhattan Construction Company is construction manager for the Globe Life Field project, which is a ground-up construction of a new baseball park, multi-purpose entertainment, and sports facility for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and the City of Arlington. The new 40,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium is planned to be completed by the March 2020 opening day.

Globe Life Field is the fifth project in which Manhattan Construction Company has participated in a partnership with OSHA.